Re: Orvis to Acquire the Scientific Anglers and Ross Reels Businesses from 3M
Fair enough, no the sky is falling or clearing either. I heard a rumor that H2 blanks were made off shore and shipped to VT for assembly. Turns out not to be so...full US made. Some of their inferior rods are built off shore as are all their reels as well as most of their clothing and gift items. They do field some high quality fly fishing merchandise and great customer service despite not making a lot of money in fly fishing. This new acquisition though dramatically increases their FF Industry footprint. SA remains the leader in fly lines and now will have a new transfusion of expert talent in the product development end and Ross remains a force in the reel market with both Domestic and off shore production. I have felt that Ross's design philosophy has diversified to the point of being somewhat out of focus and with new leadership could be poised to reassert themselves. There is plenty of signs here for optimism both for quality and increased US manufacturing of fishing tackle.